It certainly felt grand when we walked into the Grand Hotel Casselbergh in Bruges. First impressions did not disappoint. It’s a four star affair that describes itself as rich history combined with modern luxury – I don’t disagree.
The modern touches in design here complement the period features and character of the main building beautifully. It’s a plush place to stay and no part of the decor looked tired. There are grand lounge areas where you can sit and enjoy your evening nightcap from the hotel bar. We loved sipping our drinks by one of the fireplaces after a long day – and the prices weren’t terrifying either. Bruges isn’t cheap, but a glass of draught Leffe in the hotel was no more expensive than elsewhere.
Facilities wise, there’s a bright breakfast room (no paper napkins to be seen – a sign of a good standard), with an extensive variety of options on offer at the buffet – fill your boots and you’ll be good to go for most of the day. There was also a gym and sauna and of course, free WiFi throughout.
All the staff we encountered were attentive and polite without being in any way obtrusive. and the place was spotlessly clean.
This hotel is extremely convenient for the main square of Marktplatz, meaning it’s right in the heart of the historic centre of Bruges. You’ll find everything you need close by; restaurants, bars, chocolate shops and key sights. Definitely a winning location.
We had a standard room, in the old building – there wasn’t much of a view but given that I really keep time spent in my room to a minimum, this wasn’t a problem – the huge bathroom and massive chandelier hanging over the bed more than made up for it. Overall, a super comfortable room, the kind you feel genuinely happy to get back to when it’s time to take your boots off and have a well earned rest.
My opinion is that Grand Hotel Casselbergh offered great value for the price – I’d certainly put it in the affordable luxury category. We paid €116 per night midweek, less than I’ve paid for city centre hotels in the North of England that didn’t have the same posh feel and were much more generic in style. You’d have to be extremely hard to please not to like it. I’d also emailed the hotel prior to our stay and was responded to promptly and politely, with useful info and a map of Bruges attached.
So, would I stay here again?
The answer is a resounding yes. I wouldn’t consider another option – I’d book again without hesitation.
Opinions in this review are all mine alone – NAH booked and paid for the stay and I chose the hotel solely based on my own research.